The Answer Sheet: teaching loads

Posted at 12:08 PM ET, 11/24/2009

Trachtenberg: When professors should teach more than research

“If only I had more free time, I would....” This sounds like the opening phrase of a writing contest, designed to award the winner with an all expenses paid vacation to a mystery foreign port! But for years that is exactly what faculty have said on campuses across the country: “If only I had more time, I would write a book, discover a cure, paint a canvas or solve a thorny problem.” And in many cases, that is what happened. Faculty were given reduced teaching loads in order to free up more of their time for scholarship, research and creative ventures and they scribbled, filled their petri dishes and squeezed paint onto palettes. But it didn't work for everybody.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:08 PM ET, 11/24/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Stephen Joel Trachtenberg, teaching loads